When a 22-year-old Los Angeles-area student named Brandon claimed to receive $2,500 in financial aid, he did the one thing you aren’t supposed to use the money for — blow it all on a dream vacation for your girlfriend.
Brandon proudly announced via social media that he spent all his financial aid “like a boss” on a romantic getaway to Thailand with his 21-year-old girlfriend Natalie.
His YouTube video documenting his trip begins with:
“Hi my name is Brandon and my school just gave me $2,500 in financial aid to spend on textbooks and supplies. And my girlfriend has never left the country before, and I know the one place she’s always wanted to go. And I decided to do something a little different with my financial aid. So this is our itinerary to Thailand, and she doesn’t know it yet, but I’m about to go surprise her. Let’s do it!”
Brandon shamelessly flaunted his spending of the funds via several Instagram photos featuring the couple realizing their life dream of “traveling the world with someone you love.”
Scenes of their vacation were captured in full via a GoPro camera and a drone that Brandon brought for the trip. From the crystal clear waters to the breathtaking scenery, the cameras captured every bit of the fun that the couple had during their Christmas trip.
In an Instagram post, Brandon wrote, “You don’t need months of planning for a trip, just a ticket and the will to leave.”
The couple generously shared their adventures by posting photos to Instagram of them enjoying the local food, the city nightlife and popular Tourist spots in Bangkok.
While the long vacation certainly looked fun, most of the reactions on their YouTube video were generally unfavorable.
Every year, the U.S. government releases billions of taxpayers’ dollars in financial aid funds to college students nationwide. While this has helped millions of economically distressed students to fund books and other school expenses, some, like Brandon, choose to use the money in other ways.